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Re: touring tyres help

23 September 2014 - 10:36pm
I've just done a tour on 700x35 Duremes and they were excellent. 5000 miles with only 1 puncture and they still have plenty of tread. 40c is pretty wide and I'd have thought that was near the limit for 700c wheels. Unless you're carrying an awful lot of gear I'd stick with the Duremes.

Re: Poncho

23 September 2014 - 9:16pm
I got a proper ex-military one. Great, strong, use as emergency tarp, but very heavy. Mine was plain green, not camouflage.


Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

23 September 2014 - 9:12pm
Great comments. Thank you. It has given me loads of food for thought and lots of options.

Last Friday I looked at a Surly Disc Trucker, which is the bike that has tickled my fancy the most, and I wasn't disappointed. I added a few bells and whistles to my wish list and was pleased with the overall deal the supplier came up with. I got that all in writing and had placed a deposit by lunch time today. EXCITING stuff.

Then: My phone rang. A lady had her bike nicked in Bristol and needed a replacement for the school run! She viewed it this evening with her bike expert friend and was very pleased. She paid cash, loaded my bike in her car and as far as I know my bike is going to live a happy life in Bristol towing a happy 4 year old around the place. And I have a few extra spondoolies to pay towards my Surly.

How cool is that?...............hc

Re: touring tyres help

23 September 2014 - 8:33pm
I have 37mm Panaracer Pasela TGs on my Salsa Vaya. Lovely tyres for the road.


Re: touring tyres help

23 September 2014 - 8:32pm
if wanting wide touring tyres, they do a 2 inch (50mm) standard Marathon and Marathon Supreme which is a good road touring tyre. For the full on balloon tyre experience you can get the fast rolling and comfortable Big Apples in 2" (50mm) 2.15 (55mm) and 2.35 (60mm).

If you are heavy and also carrying a lot of extra weight in luggage (as in fully laden with camping gear) then a Marathon Mondial is a tough expedition touring tyre and I might be tempted to use one of those on the rear (they come in 1.75, 2 and 2.15) for the extra reliability. They are a fair bit slower though, so I'd stick with ordinary touring tyres unless I was heavily loaded on tour.

touring tyres help

23 September 2014 - 8:04pm
im after a new pair of touring tyres my frame has clearence for 2.3 inch front and rear,my rims are 30mm wide,i weigh 110kg and i just ride on the road,i have the big ortlieb back roller classic pannier and a pair of smaller ones on the front,i have a pair of marathon dureme in a 700x40c but they seem a bit narrow what do you suggest.matt

Re: Poncho

23 September 2014 - 6:26pm
I don't think so - I was planning on wearing it as evening wear.

On my cycling trips you worried I might get shot by mistake?

All army stuff tends to be stealth coloured al - I think that's the general idea.

Re: Poncho

23 September 2014 - 5:57pm
Won't this make you invisible?


Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

23 September 2014 - 4:18pm
here below my ktm during an unforgettable cycling along the coast of North Brazil

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

23 September 2014 - 3:06pm
Sad to read this, I'll be on the Amsterdam to Warsaw next week for the first time and I'm very excited about it. We have a private cabin with WC and shower!

Re: Pennine Cycleway

23 September 2014 - 2:18pm
From Derby going north there is a good Sustrans route which is off main roads. Not very far (Darley Abbey) and you are on the A6 til you turn off left for Wirksworth and up the hill to the High Peak Trail at Middleton (or Steeple Grange) - takes you through to above Buxton. Nice route.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

23 September 2014 - 1:23pm
I cycled part of the PCW from Settle to Derby then to Leicester in 3 days in May 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed the route and would like to return to do the part from Berwick to Settle.

Settle to Buxton was hilly, sometimes very hilly and challenging. The scenery was wonderful. I would thoroughly recommend it.

We were staying in B&B's and a Youth Hostel (Ravenstor) in Derbyshire but if I did the route again I would have aimed to stop at Hartington YH if possible just because it is so nice.

Re: Poncho

23 September 2014 - 10:14am
Update (yes I don't rush into things

Am currently thinking of getting one of these - Dutch army.

http://www.militarymart.co.uk/index.php ... uct_id=509

Saw one in a shop but it was damaged so unfortunately had to pass on it.

I don't think it is as super light as the one which was shown to me by its super keen fan but it's not too heavy - definitely way lighter than the British army thing I came across which seemed as if it would stop bullets.

If anyone has an particular views on this Dutch army thingie, feel free to post impressions.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

23 September 2014 - 7:52am
So I've decided to fly to Nepal and begin the Indian and South East Asia Legs of my journey.

Hey James
I am approaching Georgia and considering the same thing - i.e. flying to India. Just wandering how you are finding it logistically getting bike on the plane etc and whether any bike shops in Tbilisi have boxes etc?

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

23 September 2014 - 7:47am
Thanks for the post rick.

Though it's a very sad one.

Loads of memories of night-trains inter-railing but won't put them here as it will go off topic.

Sad for the young as well to think that they will never experience wandering freely around Europe like this - jetting off may seem flash but the novelty soon wears off and it's a pretty miserable stop-start-stand-in-a-line metal tube experience.

Nothing for it but to cycle tour to recapture some of the same spirit

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

23 September 2014 - 6:08am
My trusty 1990 Dawes Super Galaxy - cycle camping in northern Portugal September 2014

Re: Sustrans Route Planning

23 September 2014 - 12:12am
Experience has taught me to avoid Sustrans routes as much as possible. You'll need a Garmin or smartphone to follow them as the signs are awful. If you want to use paper maps use OS Landrangers rather than Sustrans own, though you might need to carry several. I ordered a map from Sustrans website and it was printed on cheap paper and fell to bits after a few days.

Routes will also take considerably longer than you might expect because of all the meandering, hill-climbing, gates, steps, muddy footpaths etc.

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

22 September 2014 - 7:41pm
Go to Thailand. Sleeper half way across the country (700 kms) for £15. Bike in the baggage car for another 2 quid.

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

22 September 2014 - 6:35pm
Never used a sleeper train but must admit it's been on my list of 'things to do' for many years, if only for the romance of the journey

Re: Not just the trains

22 September 2014 - 5:47pm
foxyrider wrote:Next Monday sees the last sailing of the DFDS Harwich-Esjberg ferry route, how are we supposed to get to Scandinavia now?
Daytime train, changing Brussels, Cologne and Hamburg. Once DB start running through the channel tunnel, you'll have the option of skipping the Brussels change.


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